Friday, October 24, 2008

Why God Allows Things

Oh it's a wonderful rainy day here in Central FL today - a much needed change from the hot sticky weather, and I'm sure my yard is loving it!

I wasn't sure if I'd get to blog today or not, as my computer was messed up this morning, due to an error I made last night, and thank the Good Lord that the IT guy who works on the computers where Bill works, was able to come over and get the problem fixed for me first thing!

I'm back to Jeremiah 5: 15 - 19: " O house of Israel, declares the Lord, I am bringing a distant nation against you - an ancient and enduring nation, a peoplewhose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand. Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors. They will devour your harvests and food, de/vour your sons and daughters; they will devour your clocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy the fortified cities in which you trust. Yet even in those days, declares the Lord, I will not destroy you completely. And when the people ask, 'Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?', you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own".

Verse 15 of this passage was a quote from Deuteronomy 28:49, where the foreigners the Lord was referring to were from Babylon, which just happens to be in what we know today as Iraq! There are many who say that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, but the books of prophecy refer back to a time when Babylon will once again be the hub of terror and tribulation in the world.

The Lord did promise them in both passages, that even though he would allow a foreign nation to come in and destroy them, and force them into slavery to them, that he would not ultimately destroy them.

We are all familiar with the history of the Jews all throughout time - how they are called God's chosen people, and how they have suffered and endured so many times of torture and slavery, and Hitler did his best to destroy them from the face of the earth. In today's time, we have the leader of Iran, Achmadinejad, who has made it clear that he thinks in the same way as Hitler did - and God help our country, should we ever turn our backs on Israel.

I think it's odd that in the last part of today's passage, that it says the people will ask, "Why has the Lord our God done this to us"? It seems that the only time some people want to bring God into their lives and the situations they are in, is when those situations are bad, and they bring God into it by blaming him. They say from one side of their mouths, "The Lord our God", then out of the other side, they blame him for their woes, instead of realizing they brought it on themselves because of their sin.

Do you know people today that have that same mentality towards God? Do you yourself have that mentality?

I pray that you will allow God's Holy Spirit to pierce your heart, and allow you to come to a place of repentance. God allows circumstances both good and bad in our lives, in order that we may come to realize our need of Him. His main objective is to bring us into his family - he wants to show you that he is your loving Father.

Enjoy the day the Lord has given you - look around and see all the many blessings he puts in your life daily.

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